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Mission incomplete: Tigers' Ilitch, Avila poised to make a 'big push' this offseason

Detroit —They sat in a row in the Tigers’ dugout Friday night, just after sitting for the team photo and just before hosting a joyous and energetic celebration of Miguel Cabrera’s historic 500th home run. Chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch was flanked by general manager Al Avila on his left and manager AJ Hinch on his right.

Time was short and the topic list long, but the message conveyed by the Tigers’ power trio was consistent: It’s been a year of progress but the mission is far from complete.

“I’ve talked about the importance of seeing progress each and every year and this has been a year of steady progress,” Ilitch said.